Damien Howson takes overall victory of Czech Tour
Aug 10 2020 06:21 am CET

Damien Howson takes overall victory of Czech Tour
Damien Howson takes overall victory of Czech Tour
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott) has taken the overall victory at the Czech Tour after winning the final stage of the race.

The last stage of the race was 179.2 kilometres long and a breakaway was formed by five riders but it didn't survive too long as the peloton exploded on the first of the categorised climbs. A counter-attack of 15 riders finished the overall ambitions for Kaden Groves, who was wearing the leader's jersey, and left only 30 riders in front.

Howson attacked on the last lap and Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) went away from him and it was soon evident that the stage was coming down to a two-men sprint in which the Australian was the fastest. "It's awesome, it's been a long time coming, I guess," he said.

"I put some hard work in in the last couple of months and it's nice to see that pay off. I can't reiterate enough, the guys here, kicking it off with the team time trial and the way they've ridden the last couple of days, it's truly amazing to sit behind these guys and see what they're able to do. It was my way of repaying them with the stage win and the GC."